NYPD Increases Police Presence Around NYC Ahead of Monday’s Fourth of July Festivities

BN-OT027_NYSECU_P_20160701132642{NEW YORK 1} – Despite no specific threats against the city this July Fourth, the NYPD says it’s not taking any chances, as security efforts will be enhanced for the holiday weekend. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.

New Yorkers watching the big Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show, or any other official fireworks displays in the city, can expect to see lots of blue – NYPD blue.

“Many officers with the heavy vest, helmets and long guns,” said NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill.

NYPD counterterrorism officers have been a fixture at Independence Day celebrations in recent years, but this will be the first July Fourth for a new city counter-terror force, the critical response command. They’re trained to quickly respond to various situations, including bomb threats and active shooters.

“The name of the game of dealing with terrorists’ threats, as it is with crime, is to prevent to the greatest degree possible,” said Police Commissioner William Bratton. “Certainly, we have the capability to respond if something were to occur.”

Officials say there is no credible threat, but as with all major events in the city, the NYPD and FBI will deploy an extra layer of security, from harbor and aviation units to surveillance cameras to additional uniform officers and undercovers.

“The detective bureau and narcotics bureaus that will be in the crowds, who are especially trained in detecting suspicious behaviors in the terrorism realm,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller.

“And obviously we have legal attaches overseas in the event anything happens,” said Diego Rodriguez, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office. “We are always in constant communication.”

There are other safety issues for the NYPD across the five boroughs this holiday. More than 500 police officers will be assigned specifically to look for fireworks, which are illegal in the city.

“We are going to have 95 teams of a sergeant and five police officers throughout the city doing fireworks suppression,” O’Neill said. “So there is a good chance if you light them up, you might get a summons or you might even get locked up.”

The same thing could happen to people who drink and drive. There will be an increase of DWI checkpoints and patrols.

“This year, we already have over 4,400 arrests for DWI, an increase of 8 percent for the year,” said NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan. “So please refrain from driving if you are consuming alcohol or using drugs.” READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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